NEW YORK; Oct. 15 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced the appointment of Marc Carrel-Billiard as managing director of Global Technology Research & Development within Accenture Technology. In this role, Mr. Carrel-Billiard will oversee the Accenture Technology Labs, Accenture’s global technology R&D organization which explores new and emerging technologies, with locations in Silicon Valley, California; Sophia Antipolis, France; Arlington, Virginia; Beijing, China and Bangalore, India. In addition, the company plans to open a new Tech Lab in Dublin, Ireland in fiscal year 2016.
Additionally, Carrel-Billiard will direct Accenture Open Innovation, the group that works with start-ups, venture capitalists, leading academic organizations and corporate R&D groups. He will also lead Accenture’s annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise IT and makes recommendations for how organizations can take advantage of technology to improve their competitiveness and business results.
“Marc is a visionary technologist who is highly respected in our industry and exceptionally qualified to lead this area of our company,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s Chief Technology Officer. “He has extensive experience in developing and delivering emerging technologies, including key areas of IT such as cognitive computing and robotics. Throughout his career, Marc has distinguished himself as a thought leader and evangelist for new and innovative technologies, and has also had great success as an Accenture leader delivering business results to clients.”
Carrel-Billiard joined Accenture in 1998. His most recent role was as Accenture’s global lead for emerging technology. He has conducted extensive research into artificial intelligence, and is the author of several articles and books. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale des Telecommunications de Paris as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise / ENSIEE (formerly Institut d’Informatiqu e d’Entreprises / CNAM) in France.
“I’m thrilled to take on this incredible opportunity to lead Accenture’s Technology R&D group which continues to stretch the boundaries of traditional enterprise technology and help clients reimagine the future,” said Carrel-Billiard. “I look forward to working with an incredible global team of top minds, researchers and scientists, to take the latest technology innovations from vision to value for our clients.”
Accenture’s five Technology Labs are comprised of R&D professionals who research and explore key technology areas to uncover new methods of disruption, identifying and scaling innovative solutions to ultimately bring new opportunities to life for clients. Through the work of the Technology Labs under Accenture Technology R&D organization, Accenture is incubating new ideas that are changing how businesses operate and compete in the market. Accenture’s Open Innovation network and work has been hailed as pioneering by independent analyst firm HfS Research.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 358,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$31.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Accenture Technology Labs
Accenture Technology Labs, the dedicated technology research and development (R&D) organization within Accenture, predicts tomorrow’s trends, today. Since we founded our Labs more than 20 years ago, the Labs have led Accenture and our clients through all the big waves of technology innovation. Our R&D teams explore new and emerging technologies to create a vision of how technology will shape the future and help companies reinvent themselves in the digital business era. Working closely with Accenture’s global network of specialists, Accenture Technology Labs help clients innovate to achieve high performance. The Labs are located in Silicon Valley, California; Sophia Antipolis, France; Arlington, Virginia; Beijing, China and Bangalore, India. For more information, please visit www.accenture.com/technologylabs.
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